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Photographer's Note

This is a side view of the Monserrate Palace, located on a park known as Parque de Monserrate (Monserrate Park), one of the so many beautiful places of my country.

Monserrate owes its name to a little chapel built there by Father Preto, in 1540. It was the property of the Mello e Castro family, who leased it to Gerard DeVismes in the last quarter of the 18th century. It was he who built a neo-gothic mansion that was later inhabited by the English writer William Beckford.

Subsequently abandoned, the property was bought in 1856 by Francis Cook, who contracted an architect, James Knowles Jr., to build him a new house, its architecture Oriental in flavour and full of revivalist motifs, making it into a veritable symbol of romantic architectural style.

This rich English businessman, Cook, was also responsible for planting the gardens of Monserrate park, which were conceived within the romantic environment, where exotic plants grow side by side with the local flora, so that nowadays it constitutes an important botanical museum.

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